Here we present our 2014 assessment of the minimus and compare it to other jackets of that year. We recommend checking out our more recent rain jacket side-by-side tests and analysis.
The Montane Minimus is an exceptional ultralight rain jacket with the price tag to match. The Minimus offers more ventilation than the other ultralights we tested and with more reflective markings all around, it is the best ultralight rain shell for bicycling or road running, when being seen in poor visibility is key.
Our Editors' Choice winner, the Marmot Essence, edged out the Minimus in overall scores with better water resistance and breathability. If you're looking for something more affordable and also fully-featured, our Best Buy winner, the Marmot PreCip, is a solid, versatile rain shell at half the price of these two ultralight models.